WILLSBORO — Though motorists pass by farms on a regular basis, they may not know much about the day-to-day operations of local food producers.
Adirondack Harvest, a community-based program designed to develop and promote farms and local food, has been celebrating the harvest season with special events, including farm tours.
“These Adirondack Harvest celebrations provide consumers with opportunities to meet farmers, visit farms, taste products and have the opportunity to become Adirondack Harvest members,” Adirondack Harvest Coordinator Laurie Davis said.
“Members receive our marketing and promotional support, quarterly newsletters, workshop invitations and various premiums, from Adirondack Harvest hats and aprons to our ‘Three Farms’ DVD, ‘Small Farm Rising’ DVD, gift baskets and the Adirondack Harvest Cookbook with lots of great ideas for serving local foods.”
Events in the fall series included Forest and Farm at DaCy Meadow Farm in Westport, which included a hike on forest trails and brunch; Sugarbush Farm’s annual pig roast in Schroon Lake; and the fifth-annual Great Adirondack Rutabaga Festival.
TOOK OVER WEVER FARM
Another event, a Farmers, Friends & Food tour of the Ben Wever Farm in Willsboro, gave insight into the Shaun and Linda Gillilland family and their farm, which features grass-fed beef, poultry, lamb, trout, eggs and honey.
In addition to the tour, guests partook in a dinner in the field, under the stars, featuring food from local farms.
“I came here in 2000 and met Ben (Wever), who at 75 was the strongest guy you could have met,” recalled Linda Gillilland of the farm they purchased.
“Our first cow was Rosie, who delivered a calf. We then got Scottish Highlands cattle. When we moved here for good, it was a transitioning process. First, we brought chickens and ducks and then cows and horses. On our last load, we arrived late and just rolled out of the vehicle and slept on the ground.”